Social Psychological Features of Extremist and Terrorist Propaganda on the Internet

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Abstract

The paper focuses on virtual viral marketing as a technology based upon the phenomenon of 'mental contagion' and used for the purposes of extremist propaganda and psychological pressure aimed at dragging young people into terrorist activities. Basing upon some local studies, the paper describes the features of social rhetoric promoting the development of 'extremist consciousness' in young people. The paper also outlines the perspectives of further investigation into the topic required for improving contemporary methods of terrorism prevention.

General Information

Keywords: extremism, terrorism, 'extremist consciousness', youth, communication media discourse, propaganda and psychological pressure, viral marketing.

Journal rubric: Applied Research and Practice

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Sedih N.S. Social Psychological Features of Extremist and Terrorist Propaganda on the Internet. Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2013. Vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 137–145. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Natalia S. Sedih, PhD in Philosophy, associate professor at the Department of Management Psychology and Acmeology, Faculty of Psychology, Southern Federal University, Rostov-na-Donu, Russia, e-mail: natalja.sedix@yandex.ru

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